Manayunk residents got a new place to go food shopping when the Palm Tree Market opened its doors earlier this month. Owner Chung Park opened his first Palm Tree Market in Northern Liberties back in 2003,
“When I opened in Northern Liberties, at the time…a lot of my customers talked to me about Manayunk,” said Park, who moved to the United States from his native Korea more than 20 years ago. “Now customers come and say they’re happy, very happy–they’ve been waiting for the store for a long time.”
Palm Tree Markets provide both everyday grocery items and some high-end options as well as a full-service deli counter and produce section. Manayunk resident Brian Hassinger sold Park the Palm Tree Market building in Northern Liberties, and now shops at the Manayunk location.
“I think he, as with his other Palm Tree Markets, manages the space very well,” said Hassinger, who owns the Grape Room Bar and Lounge just a block away. “(Park) turns out a great product and creates a beautiful environment to shop in.”
Park said he does plan to continue expanding with an eye toward Fishtown and other neighborhoods with a slightly more youthful population. The newest Palm Tree Market can be found in the old Propper Brothers building on Cresson Street between Leverington and Grape streets.